Arrival Procedures in Trinidad and Tobago


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Arriving in Trinidad and Tobago by yacht or small craft can be an exciting and enjoyable experience, as the islands offer beautiful coastal areas, warm waters, and a welcoming atmosphere for boaters.

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Here are some key things to know about arriving in Trinidad and Tobago by yacht or small craft:

Ports of Entry:
Trinidad and Tobago has several designated ports of entry where you can clear customs and immigration. These ports include Port of Spain (Trinidad), Scarborough (Tobago), and Chaguaramas (Trinidad). It’s important to make your first port of entry at one of these locations and follow the necessary clearance procedures.

Clearance Procedures:
When arriving, you’ll need to follow the clearance procedures set by the Trinidad and Tobago Customs and Excise Division. This typically involves contacting Customs and Immigration, providing required documentation, and paying any necessary fees. The officials will inspect your vessel and crew documents.

Visa Requirements:
Ensure that you and your crew have the appropriate visas to enter Trinidad and Tobago. Visa requirements can vary depending on your nationality, so check with the Trinidad and Tobago Embassy or Consulate in your home country or their official website for the latest information.

Make sure you have all the necessary documentation for your vessel, including the ship’s registration, crew list, passports, and any required permits. It’s a good idea to have both physical and electronic copies of these documents.

Safety and Navigation:
Familiarize yourself with the local navigational charts, rules, and regulations for boating in Trinidad and Tobago waters. Be prepared for varying weather conditions and have appropriate safety equipment on board.

Marinas and Anchorages:
Trinidad and Tobago offer several marinas and anchorages for visiting yachts and small crafts. Chaguaramas in Trinidad is a popular yachting hub with multiple marinas and facilities, including Trinidad and Tobago Yacht Club and Coral Cove Marina. In Tobago, the main anchorage is Buccoo Bay.

Customs Regulations:
Be aware of the customs regulations and duty-free allowances for importing goods. There may be restrictions on the quantity and type of items you can bring into the country.

Clearance Fees:
Be prepared to pay clearance and anchorage fees when arriving in Trinidad and Tobago. These fees can vary based on the length of your stay and the size of your vessel.

Season and Weather:
The hurricane season in the Caribbean typically runs from June to November, so be cautious when planning your arrival during these months. The best time for yachting in Trinidad and Tobago is during the dry season, from December to May.

Local Culture and Etiquette:
Respect the local culture and customs when interacting with the people of Trinidad and Tobago. Politeness and friendliness go a long way in building good relationships with locals.

Before embarking on your journey, it’s advisable to contact local authorities and relevant agencies for the most up-to-date information on entry procedures and regulations, as these can change. Staying informed and following the rules will help ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience when arriving in Trinidad and Tobago by yacht or small craft.

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